Winner Takes Dad by J.E. Ellis | Script Revolution

Winner Takes Dad

Rival HS football players discover they have the same dad and he’s married to both their moms. They decide that the winner of the big game keeps dad for himself, and wacky sabotage ensues.



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“Winner Takes Dad” is a teen/family comedy, as familiar as any teen rivalry film. It’s a fresh, hilarious approach to a typically dramatic subject, yet carrying an underlying honesty about the affect bigamy has on the families involved.

Danny Smith plays for the Knights. Donny Smith plays for the Wildcats. As their teams head for the inevitable championship showdown, they discover they are half-brothers: Dad is married to both their moms. With teenage hubris, they decide to let the winner of the game keep Dad, while the loser goes away forever; this way only one family is torn apart. Neither boy is confident of his chances of winning, so they embark on a series of zany sabotage schemes, until it becomes more about beating the other guy than about saving their families. The pranks escalate until Donny is declared ineligible to play, and they realize how high the stakes really are. Ultimately, the boys learn that family – even family you didn’t know you had – is more important than winning.

“Winner Takes Dad” uses the successful techniques of other high school comedies (including the right amount of gross-out humor and peer pressure), combined with the universal message of the importance and strength of family bonds, to appeal to a wide audience.

Submitted: October 15, 2017
Last Updated: August 2, 2020

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The Writer: J.E. Ellis

I'm a published novelist (“The Essence of Humanity,” “The Hordes of Rage”) and produced screenwriter (“A Glimpse of Heaven and a Taste of Hell,” “The Harvesters”). Working, always working on more projects! Also, working a full-time job (30 years a truck driver). I don't know why I put this in, but people seem to be impressed by it. Maybe more than by my writing! :) I can't think of anything else to put in this bio - I guess I suck at writing about myself. Go to bio

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